Fleetwood vow to ban any fans involved in Morecambe trouble

An injured steward is helped away after the final whistle.
An injured steward is helped away after the final whistle.
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Fleetwood Town have vowed to ban any fans found to be involved in trouble during their visit to Morecambe FC’s Globe Arena on Boxing Day.

Police have launched an investigation after away fans threw punches at stewards after the Shrimps’ 1-0 win.

Globe Arena stewards were attacked by a group of around 15 Fleetwood supporters just after the final whistle blew with one young male steward having to be helped away following the scuffle in The Bay Radio Stand.

Town chief executive Steve Curwood condemned the actions of those involved and said the club were helping police with their enquiries.

He said: “The club will not tolerate a small number of idiots trying to bring down the reputation of the club and damaging all the hard work which goes into growing our fan base and encouraging more supporters to travel to away fixtures.

“I have been in detailed contact with the police and will meet with them on Monday to assist further with their enquires.

“The club will ban any of those found to be involved.”

Glen Cooper, former editor of The Visitor, witnessed the incident.

“Some of the Fleetwood fans had been chanting ‘we’re going on the pitch’ during the game,” said Glen.

“A few started going down the steps of the terraces but our stewards calmed it down. Then at the final whistle a group of them came towards the front, once again chanting they were going on the pitch.

“The stewards were pushing them back and then five or six ran from the back and started laying into the stewards, swinging punches.

“We don’t normally get this sort of thing at the Globe Arena and to be fair we’ve never had any problem before against Fleetwood.

“It was a good atmosphere, and from their point of view it’s a shame it should be spoilt in this way. The vast majority of Fleetwood fans supported them well.”

Morecambe FC director Rod Taylor said the club were helping police with their enquiries.

The injuries to stewards were minor. Four men, all from the Fleetwood area, have been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone who has any information about those involved should contact police on 101.